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Sonja Pepneck

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Sonja’s father died when she was young, in a time of hunger and turmoil in Ukraine. During WWII, Sonja’s family became refugees, moving with the retreating German army. Her brother died in Poland before Sonja and her mother escaped on one of the last trains out of Germany. In 1948, they arrived in Canada, settling with their sponsor, uncle Henry Wiebe in Vauxhall, Alta. Sonja and Peter farmed beside the Bow River more than 60 years. Sonja often said, “God is so good to me.” Her faith, family, and friends were her life. She was always looking for ways to help others, especially her family.


  • Birth: May 17, 1927
  • Birthplace:
    Neuenberg, Ukraine
  • Death: April 11, 2013
  • Parents:
    Abram & Helena Wiebe
  • Married:
    Peter Pepneck, Oct. 23, 1949
  • Family:
    Peter; children Helga (Dean) Joyce, Peter (Glenna), Richard (JoAnn), Lillian (George) Simpson, Harvey (Kathy), Heidi (Ken) Froese; 19 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren